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The Mekong plain , The Mekong plain, Cambodia , Cambodia
The Mekong plain, Cambodia

The Mekong is Cambodia's principle river. You can travel up this navigable river on a barge.

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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover The Mekong plain

In the central part of the country, a vast alluvial plain, rice fields are everywhere. You must of course see the Mekong, a gigantic river arriving from Tibet, which runs to Vietnam and forms a large part of the Indochinese peninsula. Almost three miles wide in places, the Mekong runs over around 190 miles of Cambodia, and then Vietnam, before reaching the China Sea. This is the longest river in south-east Asia, and only the Amazon can compare with it with regard to the diversity of the aquatic fauna.

The Mekong plain

The Mekong plain , The buffalo of Mekong, Cambodia , Cambodia
The buffalo of Mekong, Cambodia

With a population of over 14.8 million, Cambodia is the 68th most populous country in the world.

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The Mekong plain , Mekong, Cambodia , Cambodia
Mekong, Cambodia

The Mekong is the 12th longest river in the world.

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The Mekong plain , Mekong River, Cambodia , Cambodia
Mekong River, Cambodia

From the Tibetan Plateau this river runs through China's Yunnan province, Burma (Myanmar), Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

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The Mekong plain , Mekong plains, Cambodia , Cambodia
Mekong plains, Cambodia

The extreme seasonal variations in flow and the presence of rapids and waterfalls in this river have made navigation difficult.

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The Mekong plain , The Mekong, Cambodia , Cambodia
The Mekong, Cambodia

The river is a major trading route linking China's southwestern province of Yunnan to Laos, Burma (Myanmar) and Thailand to the south.

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